New air rescue partnership announced for Quebec

Sophie Larochelle, Airmedic executive vice-president, stands with Sam Cimone, president of Skyservice Air Ambulance International.

Airmedic based in Saint-Hubert and Skyservice Air Ambulance International of Montreal-Dorval boast a combined fleet of seven medically equipped aircraft.

Two critical care air ambulance providers from Quebec announced a new partnership on 4 October, under which they will offer solutions to residents and visitors of the Canadian province. Airmedic based in Saint-Hubert and Skyservice Air Ambulance International of Montreal-Dorval boast a combined fleet of seven medically equipped aircraft, comprising Airmedic’s AW109 and EC130 helicopters and Pilatus PC-12 planes, and Skyservice Air Ambulance International’s Learjet 45XR long-range jets.

While Airmedic concentrates on providing services in Quebec and bordering towns and territories, Skyservice Air Ambulance International said it provides services on a global basis and has visited over 180 countries and territories. The joint venture will give each company flexibilities to operate the right aircraft for the right mission at the right time, they said, whether Skyservice’s long-range planes or Skyservice’s short to medium range aircraft. The aim is that customers will see a seamless operation that matches to their needs.

Both companies work on behalf of local hospitals and health boards, travel health insurers and the general public, and also maintain membership programmes that allow members of the general public to have access to their services.